chromatic scale
(kroe-MA-tik skale)


[Eng.]


A scale which divides the octave into its semitones. There are twelve semitones, or half steps, to an octave in the chromatic scale.

SCALE STEPS (IN SEMITONES OR HALF STEPS)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
c
c#
d
d#
e
f
f#
g
g#
a
a#
b
c'
Chromatic Scale
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SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 (opening of the fugue)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 17
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Prelude
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 29
Bozza: Scherzo for Woodwind Quartet, Op. 48
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 1
Khatchaturian: Gayne Suite No. 1, "Sabre Dance"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 29

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